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Tell the Pennsylvania Legislature to Stop Throwing Women in Jail for Abortion

Because of terrible anti-choice restrictions in PA, a woman didn't have any choice but to buy her daughter the abortion pill online. Now, she's facing prison time. Sign the petition to the Pennsylvania legislature to stop throwing family members in prison and expand women's reproductive freedoms.

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GoFundMe just announced a new policy that restricts people from raising money to help pay for an abortion. They consider abortion in the same category as terrorism and violence, other banned categories.

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Can a state constitution provide broader protection for the right to choose than the federal Constitution does?

Yes. Women's freedom and privacy are protected by the U.S. Constitution, as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic Roe v. Wade decision and other cases. However, an increasingly hostile Supreme Court has allowed more and more restrictions on those rights, allowing politicians and others to infringe on private medical decisions in many ways. Fortunately, a number of state courts have ruled that their state constitutions provide stronger protections for the right to privacy and the right to choose than the U.S. Constitution does. If Roe were overturned, eliminating federal constitutional protection for choice, these states might be able to protect women’s continued access to reproductive-health services unless Congress passed legislation banning abortion nationwide, trumping state constitutional protections.

Current State Laws

16 states' constitutions provide greater protection of a woman's right to choose than does the federal Constitution: AK, AZ, CA, CT, FL, IL, IN, MA, MN, MT, NJ, NM, OR, TN, VT, WV.

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